The day after Halloween, Rich and I flew to Amarillo to babysit Bonnie’s kids for a few days. We usually drive but David found some Southwest Airlines tickets on sale and bought us some–how nice is that?! We got in at noon and Bonnie and Ada picked us up. We had a nice time catching up with them, then Emery and Luke got home from school and David got home from work so we all had a nice dinner and played some games with the kids.
Bonnie and David flew to San Francisco at 6 the next morning so Rich and I were responsible for getting all the kids up and ready for school, lunches packed, hair done, teeth brushed, etc. I didn’t know how that would go, but they were all very cooperative and it went off without a hitch. Emery and Luke go to different schools pretty far apart so Bonnie car pools with another mom; they alternate days taking each other’s kids so neither of them has to go to both schools. I lucked out and the other mom did the further run so I just had to take Emery and her friend to their school a few blocks from the house. Then I came back and finished getting Ada ready for her preschool and a different friend of Bonnie’s came to get her. Whew! Thank goodness for helpful friends!
After school Rich and I picked up Ada and then the two girls at the closer school while the other mom got Luke and her daughter at their school. Then we had to do it all again on Friday!
After school both days we played some games, the kids played together while Rich got dinner made, they had baths, we read stories, and everyone off to bed. Saturday, I went with Emery to a special event while Rich stayed home with the other two. Emery is a part of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and they always have fun activities for the kids. This day we had to meet at the survivorship office, then we were all taken by limousine to a photography studio where all the kids had their pictures taken as their favorite superhero. Emery had chosen to wear her Hermione costume from Halloween. The limo was fancy with mirrors and leather upholstery, bling and laser lights. Emery was quite impressed and thought it was super cool. When we got to the photo studio, all of the parents (and Gigi) got out first, then the kids emerged from the limo to applause and paparazzi-like picture taking. It was cute to see them. Inside the studio, Emery got to have her hair and makeup done, which was big fun for her, then the staff helped pose her for various pictures as Hermione. They are going to digitally embellish the photos with backgrounds to match each particular superhero and have a big photo reveal party later. I have to admit I was a bit teary eyed watching these kids have so much fun on a special day. Although Emery is healthy and doesn’t remember her treatment for cancer as a baby, there were other kids there who were bald from chemo or wearing a mask over their mouth and nose to avoid germs so you know they are still in a battle. They all seemed to have a wonderful time and were so excited!
Sunday we took a run to Target and got a few groceries along with a toy for each of the kids. Emery picked an Etch a Sketch, which she said she’d never had and always wanted. Luke got some lego characters which Grandpa had to help him put together back at home. Ada chose some “Hatchimals,” which I thought might be disappointing to her when she got them home but she LOVED the little creatures that she “helped” hatch out of their eggs.
We had a full few days, read books, colored, worked puzzles, watched Emery hula hoop like a pro, played games, did homework, talked, laughed, told stories, the kids told “jokes,” which were really just them asking random questions and then trying to make up answers…so funny! Sunday night we went out for tacos and burritos and then cleaned up the house for Mommy and Daddy who would arrive late that night. Got everyone into bed and Rich went to the airport at 11:30 PM to get Bonnie and David. They had a great trip to Napa with another couple, enjoyed visiting a bunch of wineries and were glad to have some time off from work and kids. I’m glad we were able to help out!
Monday we got the kids off to school and Bonnie, Ada and I went to run some errands before picking the kids back up. Emery’s birthday is coming up (on Thanksgiving this year) and she has been wanting to learn to sew. Bonnie borrowed a sewing machine from her sister in law’s mother and after school I took Emery to Jo Ann Fabrics to buy some fabric and sewing supplies for her birthday gift. Oh, my goodness, she had the best time looking around the store and trying to decide what to get! She definitely has her own ideas and told me that she is very interested in fashion design. She wants to make some clothes for her dolls to start. We bought several kinds of fabric, a little sewing kit, thread, buttons, and bows. She was so happy!
After work, David (with some help from Bonnie and Rich) made a nice dinner while Bonnie and I dropped Emery off at her hip-hop dance class. We watched part of the end of the class and the kids were super cute. We came home and Luke and Ada had to show everyone their latest dance moves as well. I have to say I got REALLY tired of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” LOL
Tuesday morning we got the kids off to school again and took Bonnie out to lunch before she dropped us at the airport. It was a great visit and I’m so glad we can be a help to the kids so they can have a little time off once in awhile.
Now we are back at home and it was cool and drizzly today. Rich went to the store to pick up some things we needed but I didn’t leave the house. In fact, I spent a lot of the day under a blanket on the couch! I told Sarah we were having a day of rest today and then we will get back into the routine!